Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/2/13
Ironically, one of the most racist nicknames remaining in U.S. sports is a team located in the nation’s capital, but motions have been made to change it.Washington D.C. Council members are preparing to propose a resolution to change the Redskins' nickname, according to the Washington Post. Council member David Grosso is the leader in the resolution calling the current name “derogatory and racist”.“It’s been a long time that we’ve had this name associated with Washington, and I think it’s time we take a stand and change it,” Grosso said.Grosso also had a suggestion on what the team could change the nickname to: the Washington Redtails which would be in honor of the Tuskegee Airmen, the pioneering group of African-American pilots who served for the United States during World War II. Grosso argued the team’s fight song could stay the same according to ESPN.com."You can still sing the song and everything. Hail ... to the ... Redtails," Grosso said.In the end, the board cannot force the NFL and the Washington Redskins franchise to change the team’s longtime nickname, but the D.C. councilmen think the resolution will take away the Redskins’ trademark protection. By doing this, the franchise could see major losses financially, and the councilmen hope the losses are significant enough for Redskins owner Dan Snyder to make the change.Although it is not directly related, it is interesting to note the Washington Redskins were the last team to emigrate black players on their roster during the civil rights movement. The Redskins, however, remain the only franchise to win a Super Bowl with a black starting quarterback with Doug Williams in Super Bowl XXII.Whether it is Redskins or Redtails, fans in Washington hope Robert Griffin III becomes the second black quarterback to win the Super Bowl."I just don't want it [the nickname] to be offensive, and at the end, what I'd love to call them is world champions," Grosso said, according to Washington Examiner.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

15 key questions for NFL Week 3

Why USC-Cal will be best CFB game this weekend

NFL won’t rule out Ezekiel Elliott being suspended for Week 3

Players with most to prove heading into NBA season

CC Sabathia not worried about booze-fueled celebrations

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Belichick defers Hernandez CTE, lawsuit questions

Tom Brady claims sunburn can be avoided by drinking a lot of water

Knicks expect Carmelo Anthony to open camp with team

Irving was late to meeting with Stevens after car broke down

Ezekiel Elliott: Cowboys don’t play for ‘the talking heads’

Todd Gurley says Rams believe they can win Super Bowl

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

College football 2017 Week 4 predictions

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

NFL Referee Hotline: Mike McCarthy is sick of these calls

Redskins News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.

The 'Greatest Show temporarily not on turf' quiz

Separating MLS playoff contenders from pretenders

WNBA Finals preview: Lynx look for revenge against Sparks

Three Up, Three Down: The home runs just keep on coming

The 'Chris Sale joins an elite club' quiz

Building on the NFL's positive changes beyond 2017

NFL Week 3 predictions

After a decade in the WNBA, MVP Sylvia Fowles is ready for the spotlight

The 'MLB is as powerful as ever' quiz

10 teams that can unseat the Warriors in 2018

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker